BSc (Hons) Business Management (Foundation Year)
Businesses around the world are experiencing a period of rapid global economic change which they must react to in order to grow. The BSc (Hons) in Business Management will support you to develop a range of intellectual, analytical, and critical thinking skills that will position you to help these businesses address the challenges they face.
This degree course with a foundation year incorporates an extra year of study at the start of your course, so that you can progress with confidence. It will develop the skills you need for your later studies. It is particularly suitable if:
- You don’t have the grades for immediate entry onto a three-year course
- You have non-traditional qualifications or experience
- You’re starting university after some time away from education
- You’re looking for more support during the transition into university study
The BSc (Hons) in Business Management immerses you in the theory and practice of international business. During the degree you will study a wide range of modules covering key business disciplines with a focus on strategy and internationalisation.
You will attend networking events, gain contacts through our alumni network, and have the opportunity to take part in a range of trips and activities to broaden your perspective on businesses and their operations.
Upon successful completion of the degree you may also receive the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 6 Diploma in Management. Also, annual membership to CMI is free for one year after graduation.
In your third year, you will apply your learning on a 15-week work placement. Not only could you find yourself working for prestigious companies in the UK or across the world, you will develop confidence and industry contacts for when you graduate.
The Integrated Foundation Year is suitable for applicants who have taken level 3 qualifications (A levels, BTEC etc.) in the UK. Overseas students who have not studied in the UK and completed their secondary education in their country, should look at taking an Integrated Foundation Programme in order to meet the entry criteria for the degree programmes offered by the RAU.
Please note that a foundation year is not the same as a foundation degree (FdSc). A foundation year will usually lead onto a three-year degree course, whereas a foundation degree is a standalone qualification generally studied for two years.
For UK students (as of March 2020) a visa may not be required but this may change. For non UK/EU nationals (current Tier 4 visa students), the student will have to arrange their own visa.
Accreditations and partnerships
We are delighted to work with a wider range of businesses, partners and accreditation organisations, some of which are shown below:
Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and societies activities.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Each credit equates to 10 hours of total study time. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Full-time students normally take modules worth 60 credits per 15 week semester but this can vary depending on your elective choice. Part-time students taking proportionally fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for your degree is based on marks obtained for modules taken at level 5 and level 6 (weighted 30:70 accordingly).
The modules available for this degree are shown below. They may change for your year of study as we regularly review our module offerings to ensure they’re informed by the latest research and teaching methods.
The Foundation year will provide a common core of academic and study skills sufficient to prepare you for subsequent study and academic success at undergraduate level. It will give core underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding in key areas of contemporary issues, provide underpinning subject-related skills and knowledge in key areas required for undergraduate study, including Mathematics, Numeracy and IT. It will also provide generic skills and academic knowledge to support your confidence and discipline as appropriate for higher education study and give subject-specific grounding, in terms of research topics and study focus, to support progression into degree level study in your chosen degree.
- 0IFY1 Managing Landscape
- 0IFY2 Digital Skills
- 0IFY3 Rural Business Skills
- 0IFY4 Land Related Studies
- 0IFY5 Change in the Countryside
- 0IFY6 Enterprise and Marketing
- 0IFY7 Environment and Conservation Data Handling
- 0IFY8 Agriculture and Farming
In the first year, you will focus on the fundamentals of business management, marketing and finance.
- 1236 Entrepreneur in Action
- 1325 Introduction to the Agri-Food Industry
- 1400 Developing Academic Skills
- 1414 Principles of Marketing
- 1415 Global Business Environment
- 1417 Business Infomatics
- 1418 People and Organisations
- 1443 Business Finance and Accountancy
- 2023 Financial Management
- 2027 International Business
- 2032 Marketing Management
- 2258 Intrapreneurship and Small Business Development in Urban and Rural Contexts
- 2317 Industry Placement
- 2337 Personal and Professional Development Skills and Employability
- 2350 Business Strategy
- 2378 Research and Evidence
In the final year, you will have the opportunity to select elective modules and specialise in subjects of particular interest and relevance to your future career aspirations.
- 3242 Negotiation in Business
- 3300 Dissertation
- 3314 Strategic Management
- 3316 Changing Consumer Behaviour
- 3320 Organising and Organisation
Plus a choice of TWO electives selected from:
- 3041 Corporate Finance
- 3315 Managing Innovation
- 3317 International Marketing
- 3323 Food, Ethics and Governance
- 3340 Farm Business Consultancy
The availability of electives to individual students will be dependent on timetabling considerations and on sufficient students electing to take part.
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Careers and graduate destinations
- Account manager
- Banking graduate
- Sales manager
- Investment analyst
- Project manager
- Marketing account executive
"The staff have been great, we have lecturers who have real-world experience, they are successful entrepreneurs in their own right but also great at teaching about it."
Emily Tal, Student
Required: GCSE minimum five GCSEs at Grade C/4 including English Language and Mathematics (or Maths Numeracy for Welsh applicants) plus satisfactory level 3 qualifications:
- A-Level: (example grades EEE) – minimum of 48 UCAS tariff points across either three A-levels or two A-levels and two AS level subjects or equivalent qualifications
- C&G Advanced Technical/BTEC - Level 3 Extended Diploma (1080) at Pass-Pass-Pass
- International Baccalaureate: 24 points
- Access to Higher Education: Pass course with 45 credits at level 3 (Pass in Functional Skills level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)
The University welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. A wide range of qualifications and experience are accepted in order to join University degree programmes. The University always considers evidence of personal, professional (APL) and educational experience, (APEL), which show an ability to meet the demands of their intended programme of study.
Alternative entry routes are available for a range of other qualifications. Prior experience is also considered, subject to approval by the programme manager and admissions staff.
Read more general information about our entry requirements.
International students will also need to achieve IELTS Academic or equivalent at the appropriate level for your programme of study. English language requirements for international students.
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For the academic year 2024-25 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£9,250 per year||£15,300 per year|
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